Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Canadian Loonies and Toonies


Yesterday, July 1st, was Canada Day, celebrated with parades, fireworks, the whole shebang. Canada is only 141 years old -- still a baby compared to our cousins across the pond. Anyway, I thought I'd share a few money facts about this great country:

The beaver is our national animal, and is featured on the back of our nickel. The animal's importance to this country stems from the value of its pelt when Canada was first explored.

The loon is featured on the Loonie, our dollar coin that's been in circulation for about 20 years. There is nothing quite as lonely as the sound of this water bird when you're sitting by a lake up north. Apparently, the loon mates for life. I like a bird that can make a commitment.

On our two dollar coin, the Toonie, there's a picture of a polar bear. I just hope these magnificent animals can survive global warming and all the other crap people have thrown at the Earth.

And yes, "Loonie" and "Toonie" are the official names of the coins. Only in Canada, eh?

17 comments:

NuclearToast said...

Ah, loonies and toonies. As someone who hates change weighing down my pockets, let me just say how much I'm always surprised by it when I visit Canada. Break and ten and you walk away ten (Imperial) pounds heavier.

Lynn Sinclair said...

Even though it makes my wallet a bit hefty, it's a good workout. Actually, I thought I'd hate carrying all that change around, but I've grown rather fond of the coins.

Georgie said...

Hopefully, we're getting closer to a time when beavers worldwide can safely wear their pelts -- instead of humans wearing them.

They look SO much better on the beaver, don't they?

Lynn Sinclair said...

Yes, Georgie, fur coats always look best on their original owner. Luckily, beaver hats went out of fashion many years ago.

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